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SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Requiring Public Disclosure of Payments to Directors by Third Parties

In March 2016, the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) proposed new rules regarding disclosure of third-party compensation of directors. This third-party compensation, which may not be publicly disclosed, arises when a party...more

An Analysis of Nasdaq’s “Golden Leash” Disclosure Rule

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved, on an accelerated basis, Nasdaq’s new Rule 5250(b)(3), which requires Nasdaq-listed U.S. companies to publicly disclose any arrangements or agreements...more

Exempt Organizations: Potential Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 - Summary of Potential Amendments Other...

On June 16, 2016, the New York State Legislature adopted Senate Bill No. S07913B (the "Bill") modifying the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the "NPRA"). The following is a brief summary of the Bill’s provisions that...more

Brexit: Guidance for Fund Directors - What to Know and What to Ask

On June 23, 2016, the UK held a referendum in which 52 percent of voters elected to leave the European Union (EU). While there is a great deal of uncertainty about the EU withdrawal process that will remain unresolved for a...more

SEC Approves New Nasdaq Rule 5250(b): Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

The SEC recently released an order approving new Nasdaq listing standard 5250(b)(3), which will require a public issuer to disclose cash and non-cash remuneration (e.g., health insurance, indemnification) that a third party...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Change to Require “Golden Leash” Disclosure

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a rule change proposed by The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) to require Nasdaq-listed companies to publicly disclose compensation or other payments made...more

Federal Judge Dismisses Target Directors from Data Breached Related Derivative Suit After Special Litigation Committee Recommends...

The hurdles for claims against directors for failed oversight in connection with data breaches continue to increase. On July 7, 2016, District of Minnesota Judge Paul Magnuson released derivative claims against top Target...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ's Rule Requiring Annual Disclosure of Golden Leashes – Effective August 1, 2016

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a release which requires NASDAQ-listed companies to disclose certain compensation or payments made by third parties to directors or director...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq’s Disclosure Rule on “Golden Leashes”

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved, on an accelerated basis, Nasdaq’s proposal to require listed companies to publicly disclose compensation or other payments by third parties to director and...more

Bankruptcy Courts Closing In – Will An Agreement Requiring Unanimous Consent To File For Bankruptcy Be Effective?

We’ve all seen it. The business opportunity looks enticing but is laced with risk about a potential bankruptcy filing down the road. As bankruptcy lawyers we are often asked how deals can be structured to prevent a...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ Rule Requiring Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a change to the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC’s Listing Rules that will require NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose so-called “golden leash” arrangements....more

Evolving Director-Investor Communications: Preparing for Your Board’s Direct Engagement with Shareholders

Preparation, two-way communication, targeted proactive engagement and choosing the right director for the job are the keys to a successful engagement strategy, say Latham & Watkins partners Mark Gerstein and Steve Stokdyk in...more

Consider Adding Separate Annual Sublimit on Director Equity Awards

In response to the Delaware Chancery Court’s 2012 and 2015 decisions in Seinfeld v. Slager and Calma v. Templeton and Facebook’s 2016 settlement of Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, public companies that are adopting or amending...more

Streamlining Board Approvals: Unanimous Written Consent and Electronic Approval

Many corporate actions require board of directors approval for various reasons. For example: - State corporate law requires board approval for many things, such as when a company issues shares; - A company’s...more

Blog: Does Director Tenure Affect Company Value?

With a number of institutional investors and proxy advisory firms advocating that public companies adopt “board refreshment” policies, much energy has been devoted to studying the impact of director tenure in the context of...more

European Restructuring Landscape Improves with Multiple Reforms

In light of the UK’s cram down and director-friendly processes, in particular its scheme of arrangement model, major European economies such as France, Germany and Italy have worked hard to develop regimes that give greater...more

Blog: DE Court Comments on Block-Holder Rights in OptimisCorp

The Delaware Supreme Court issued an Order this week in OptimisCorp v. Waite that could have implications for VC-backed or other companies with so-called “block-holder” directors – or directors who are appointed by a...more

Indiana’s New Commercial Courts Are Open for Business

Joining nearly two dozen sister states across the country that already have established specialized business courts, Indiana’s Commercial Courts last week began accepting cases that will be subject to new rules designed to...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement and Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Mutual Fund Directors Must Be Vigilant in Addressing Risks - In remarks to the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, SEC Chair Mary Jo White outlined some of the risks and challenges that mutual fund...more

Blog: Do Women Directors Promote Higher CEO Pay?

As reported on Sunday in this NYT column by Gretchen Morgenson, recent data shows that boards with more gender diversity pay higher compensation to their CEOs. An Equilar analysis of CEO pay at 100 large companies “found...more

Court Of Chancery Enjoins Board Reduction Plan Prior To Director-Election

This is an excellent review of the law governing when the Court will enjoin board action that affects the ability of stockholders to elect directors....more

CMA warns UK estate agents against colluding in online portal selection

On 21 April 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published an open letter to estate agents in the UK stressing the importance of making independent commercial decisions and warning them against unlawful...more

Drafting Indemnification Provisions to Address Common Issues

Corporate bylaws and operating agreements often contain provisions that provide for indemnification to directors, officers and in some cases employees and agents who become parties to litigation, arbitration or investigations...more

Managing Cybersecurity Risk for Nonprofit Organizations: A Fiduciary Duty?

We live in an era of increasingly prevalent cybercrime, and nonprofits are in the crosshairs.  Harvard University, Penn State University and two BlueCross BlueShield entities are just a few nonprofit organizations that...more

B.C. Court of Appeal Issues Important Guidance on Directors’ Disclosable Interests, Oppression Proceedings

The B.C. Court of Appeal last week released a wide-ranging decision on the availability of oppression proceedings under the B.C. Business Corporations Act (BCA), when interests of directors will be disclosable as a...more

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